Holiday Inn Resort All Inclusive, Montego Bay is a great all inclusive Family Resort.
Trip: budget Hotel: budget Flight: moderate
Flights:$570 Total with 2 Southwest Companion Passes & 53k SW Miles, for 4 people would have been $450 per person.
Hotel: $560 Total($150/nt w/AAA rate went through ebates & received $47 cash back)
Food: $50 Total for Food while traveling
Taxi Service:$90 RT shuttle from Viator.com
Airport Parking: $25 ($5/day eco parking)
If you are looking for an affordable family destination, I would recommend the Holiday Inn Resort All Inclusive, Montego Bay, Jamaica is a great value. We love the calm shallow water for snorkeling, the island and the swimming pool and all the activities the resort has to offer.
Tips for Holiday Inn Resort All Inclusive, Montego Bay
•Bring your own snorkel gear. The resort rents gear, they do run out and no guarantee when they will be returned.
•Use the boats early in your stay. Weather can change and if it’s too windy or if conditions are not safe you will not be able to use the boats.
•Make a reservation when you arrive for the Italian Place. Note each restaurant is closed on certain days. The Italian restaurant is the only one I recommend though we didn’t try the Asian restaurant.
•No need to save lounge chairs by the pool with towels we always saw available ones.
•Snorkeling on the right side of the island has more fish (right side if you are facing toward the island back to the mainland).
•You can bring your own pool floats for the beach and pool if you would like. We didn’t miss them, but they are allowed.
Overview of Holiday Inn Resort All Inclusive, Montego Bay Overview
This vacation was exactly what our family needed and was a good reminder how entertaining even simple things can be. Good for: Those looking for a fun family getaway at an affordable price. Those who are happy with shallow calm water and are fine with mediocre food. Not for: Those who want high quality food and luxurious amenities, waves or deeper ocean. The resort does not offer expansive beach area for long walks and it is not the beautiful white sand you think of like Negril. Those who are sensitive to noise. We usually fit into this category and while we were woken up one night we were so tired from the day’s activities we went right to sleep. The walls are thin, and you can hear anyone walking by or talking on their balcony/patio next door. We were looking for a cheap get away. Requirements were: easy access to affordable food, walkable to a decent beach and a nice pool. The Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay, Jamaica All Inclusive was all this and more.
What we enjoyed about the resort
We were upgraded to bunk room and while not ocean view it was an ideal location and we could see the ocean from the patio a little. Room 2127 ground floor between the main pool and playground/snack shack. We had everything we wanted within a 1min walk. The room has been renovated so it felt new though you could see imperfections like a painted patch on the ceiling and the curtain by the sliding door was dirty-I never notice that until the last day so honestly could have been from my kids.
The front door would stick sometimes so we had to make sure it was closed and locked before leaving our room. My kids loved the bunks even though u could feel the springs on the mattresses. Our bed was comfortable, and I have a bad back, so I usually complain that beds are too hard. The bunk room gave a feel of a separate room and we liked the privacy.
One of our requirements was easy access to cheap food and an all-inclusive def made it easy. 7am breakfast buffet started, 11am-6pm and 10pm-2am the grill is open with burgers fish fry grilled cheese and french fries. 12-6 snack hut with loaded nachos, hot dogs, popcorn and soft serve ice cream. 12pm lunch buffet started, 6pm dinner buffet and specialty restaurants started. Jerk hut opens at 12pm and the jerk chicken and pork is very good; chicken was very tender.
My kids are picky and my husband boring though he tries when we travel. He’s happy with burgers and fries; He said the burgers were pretty good. Breakfast was the best selection I’ve ever seen for a cruise/all inclusive. A carving station, some real dinner type entrée, a cooked vegetable and salad on the breakfast buffet. From my husband’s reaction the typical carbs waffles pancakes etc. were just ok. Omelets station, poached egged, boiled eggs, scrambled eggs (runny), bacon, sausage and more.
Lunch and Dinner were a variety and always included something at the grill. And usually had some Jamaica dishes which I was pleased with. The curries were not spicy to my disappointment. I thought the brown stew chicken would have more spice too, but the beef stew had great flavor. Most meals I found an entree and veggie that I really enjoyed but there were times I had an item and thought this is worse than cruise food because some items were down right terrible and usually because of poor preparation. But overall, we were fine the food and being able to find one enjoyable entrée is exactly what I need. We drank wine mostly and our kids loved the slushies: Pina colada, strawberry daiquiri and a strawberry banana. Our first evening the bartender asked if they wanted a Mickey Mouse: Strawberry Daiquiri topped with Pina colada topped with a little cola on top. My son loved it so much he had it every day.